Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Congress’s Lame Lame Duck - Swampland - TIME.com

Congress’s Lame Lame Duck - Swampland - TIME.com

In reality, the lame duck entered like a lamb this week and looks to leave like one next month. What will they get done? The new Congress has to elect their leaders and rules – the GOP ban earmarks being the biggest news. The old Congress, still in office through the end of the year, must deal with President George W. Bush's tax cuts before they expire in January. And they'll have to pass legislation to keep funding the federal government in the new year. Virtually everything else – a list of nearly 30 bills from the DREAM Act, which would help put some children of illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship, to the reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration, to (yes) climate change and the ratification of the START nuclear nonproliferation treaty – will likely either die or get shunted to the next Congress in January. “We need to keep the lame duck simple,” said Senator Jim DeMint, a South Carolina Republican. “Most of our discussions will focus on making our current tax rates permanent and then, hopefully, a continuing resolution to fund the government and then we'll all go home.”

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